THINGS aren’t getting any better are they?

We really needed both a performance and a result at the London Stadium.

In all honesty we got neither as West Ham turned on the style and stuck another four past us with only two in reply.

The Hammers haven’t had the best start to the season themselves but we made them look like one of Europe’s great sides at times.

In a first half that somehow finished level they launched wave after wave of attack and moved the ball around with the kind of carefree ease that we did last season.

Oh how we all long for a return to those days!

In fairness their squad is littered with star quality but on so many occasions they’ve not been able to pull all that talent together into a coherent unit.

On Saturday they ran us ragged for large spells.

An individual error from James Tarkowski looked to have set the Hammers on the way to victory.

But when JBG was able to latch on to a lovely Ashley Westwood through ball and slot home we somehow had a way back into a game we’d really not been part of.

The second half started brighter but the impressive Felipe Anderson nudged West Ham back in front just after the hour mark and the task of taking anything back north suddenly became more difficult.

The introduction of Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood and Robbie Brady did give us a bit of extra impetus and it was a Wood header from a corner that drew us level again.

For some reason though we sat back and didn’t show any of the urgency that has made us a tough team to break down in the past.

The Hammers hit two late goals and there was that all too familiar feeling of an opportunity missed.

The talk coming out of the Turf is that of getting the basics right and I’d suggest that starts with some tough decisions from Sean Dyche about his starting XI or his system.

I’d argue this is probably the toughest spell of his Burnley reign but he won’t panic though and neither should we.

Keep the faith!